Craftsy T-Shirt Shoe Bag TUTORIAL

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A few weeks ago Craftsy put out a challenge to their instructors…make something awesome with some extra Craftsy t-shirts. I can’t really explain my train of thought, but I thought shoe bags! I’ve been wanting some shoe bags for when I travel. And the knit of the t-shirts meant that the shoe bags would be both stuffable and stretchable- both selling points when traveling! We were sent two Craftsy shirts. They are super soft knit.

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I chose four fabrics that went well with the soft khaki of the shirt. I wanted bright, fun and cheerful. I mixed and matched the fabrics and the ties.

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Here’s a quick little tutorial so you can make your own! These would also be a great way to repurpose old t-shirts (especially the ones that you can’t let go of!).

Supplies: One t-shirt per bag, 1/8 yard of fabric for bag, 1/8 yard of fabric for ties (or substitute 2 1/4 yards of twill tape or ribbon)

Cutting: Cut two 10 1/2 x 13″ pieces of knit from each t-shirt.* Cut four 4 1/2 x 10 1/2″ pieces from the bag fabric. Cut two 1 1/2 x 38″ pieces for the ties. * You might want to adjust the length based on your shoe size. I added 3″ to the length of my shoe.

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Step 1Mark the center inch on the back of two of the bag fabric pieces. It is 1 3/4″ from either edge. Two pieces remain unmarked.

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Attach a marked bag fabric piece to a knit t-shirt piece along the 10 1/2″ edge using a 1/4″ seam. Repeat with the other two pieces (one marked bag fabric piece and one knit t-shirt piece). Note that you will want to use a needle designed for stitching knits- ballpoint/jersey/stretch. You will also want to pin heavily as the knit can be unruly.

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Attach the unmarked bag fabric pieces along the 10 1/2″ edge of each marked bag fabric piece. You should now have two identical pieces with a knit t-shirt piece, then a marked fabric bag piece and another unmarked fabric bag piece. It will measure 10 1/2 x 20″. Press all seams away from the knit.

Step 2Place the two pieces right sides together. Stitch a 1/4″ seam down each 20″ side. DO NOT stitch the 1″ marked area and backstitch at the beginning and end of this gap.

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Make certain the seam is pressed away from the knit t-shirt.

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Then stitch a 1/4″ seam along the bottom. The corners should cross as shown creating a strong seam.

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Step 3: Turn the bag right side out. Fold under a 1/4″ seam along the top raw edge. Pin each of the side seams and stretch out on your ironing board. Use pins to keep the 1/4″ even along the edges. Press.

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Fold the top of the bag in along the seam. Pin in place and topstitch along the edge securing the inside edge.

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Topstitch along the top edge as well. Topstitch along the outer edges of the inch openings creating a channel for the tie.

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Step 4: Press the ties in half, then press in each side to create double fold binding.

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Press in half again concealing all raw edges. Top stitch. Put a safety pin on the end and feed through the channel. Feed the other tie through the channel from the opposite side. Tie the ends in place.

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Step 5: Plan an awesome trip and use your bags!

xx LC

 

Sewoff!

A couple months back I saw that my friend Amy (aka Sukie…don’t you know who she is?!) posted to Instagram that she got a new Bernina 350. I immediately had to tell her that we are machine twins and she’s obviously a genius for getting the greatest little machine!! And she immediately replied that we should have a SEWOFF! Fast forward to now and we are ready to throw it down.

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This is a friendly sewoff that’s really about making a project in your own style. There’s no winner or loser. Although if you like my project more, shout it from the rooftops! But if you like hers more, keep that to yourself…there’s no winner here and nobody likes a whiner. We’ve decided to make the Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt. I’ve wanted to make this since I saw it at Market last year. I got my pattern from Sewlux.

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Here’s our schedule:
November 3: Blocks 1-8
November 17: Blocks 9-16
December 1: Blocks 17-24
December 15: Blocks 25-32
January 5: Blocks 33-40
January 12: Blocks 41-48
February 2: Finished Quilt

While Amy and I are quilting, Jemellia and Lee H are garment making. They’ve already started and are making some beautiful things. Follow along on Instagram using #sewoff. Then for the final round, all four of us are making a bag.

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Let the games begin!
xo LC

It’s Ladies Night

It’s time for the link up party for the Ladies Night Challenge! Click here to link up!! I told y’all about the challenge here.

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You don’t need a blog to enter. You can link from a Flickr image. Please let me know if you have any questions about entering! And remember, one entry per colorway per person. Ready to hear about the prizes?! We will draw three winners randomly. The prizes are a $30 Sewlux Fabric gift certificate, three May Chappell patterns (Lazy Sunday, Designer Star & Fantastically Fussy) and a pouch made by Sarah (you choose the color and name).

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Want to see my progress?! This is my bundle plus a few solids I added.

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I decided to use my Accuquilt equilateral triangle die. I love that the die cuts little tags to line up; it makes for perfect seams every time!

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I think this text print from Collage might be my favorite text print ever!

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I haven’t really decided how to quilt this. Any suggestions?

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This was pretty quick to piece! Those solid strips made it go so fast.

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Here’s a full shot!

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You have until December 23 to link up! UPDATE: We have extended to December 31!! I can’t wait to see what you’ve made!!
xo LC

Challenge Accepted

It’s Ladies Night here at May Chappell! Two of my favorite ladies, Chrissy of Sew Lux Fabric and Sarah of Stitching and Bacon, and I decided that we needed to add one more CHALLENGE before the holidays! And obviously, we want you to join in the fun!

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Each of us have chosen a bundle from Chrissy’s shop based on the theme Ladies Night! This is mine! You can buy it here!

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And this is Sarah’s! Love those colors! You can buy it here!

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And Chrissy’s! I want them all!! You can buy it here!

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And here is the challenge part. You get to make anything!! I’m pretty sure that mine is going to become a holiday gift;) You’ll just need a completed project in time for the link up party. If you choose to make a quilt, you need a finished top. All projects welcome…bags, decor, quilt tops…endless possibilities! The link up will be December 10 through December 23! Details about that will follow. You can enter up to three times (one per palette). You’ll be able to link from Flickr or a blog. (Let us know if you need another way:) But basically, you just need to make something inspired by ladies night and you could win prizes!! The prizes are pretty sweet: gift certificates, patterns and maybe even a little something handmade! Sarah’s in charge of the handmade and word on the street is that she makes rockin’ pouches. You can sew with any of our bundles or from your stash. If you sew from your stash, you can choose any of the three palette options!

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So start sewing!! I did;) Well, cutting at least…accuquilt style.

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xo LC

SO in Love with Solids

I love sewing with solids! But I definitely find sewing with only solids to be a challenge. Well…Sew Original put everyone to the test! They had a challenge where you had to use twelve solids and make a quilt. Because I teach there, I’m not eligible to win, but I still like to participate:) This is what I made!

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I practiced my free motion quilting in each bar. Some were more successful than others.

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I had this genius (ridiculous) idea to have all my binding be the same color as the quilt and blend. It was not the most fun binding to make.

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I’ll take more pictures when I get it back. It was already hanging before I took any pictures. This quilt was heavily inspired by a quilt by Angela Walters. My quilty friend Gina made this gorgeous version.
I used double batting in this one and…never again! I hated it. It is just not for me. It was bulky and cumbersome. And the finished quilt is in dire need of blocking. And it’s not square. It’s not even in the neighborhood of square. And I blame the batting…the top was square. Live and learn!
So, back to the solids challenge at SO! They’re fifteen entries! They’re all hanging in the classroom. And they are amazing. I photographed all of them, no favoritism here. You can go by and vote!! One vote per day per person:) I’ve gone everyday this week! I love how different they are. I am constantly amazed by the talent in this area!!

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So go by and vote and be amazed by all the talent!
xo LC